The Academic Resource Center arranges for academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are welcome to contact the Academic Resource Center (603) 641-7017 for more information about college policies relating to disabilities and the procedure for applying for academic accommodations.

Saint Anselm College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As the needs of students with disabilities vary, accommodations are provided on an individual, case-by-case basis. Academic accommodations at Saint Anselm College may include extended time for exams, a distraction reduced environment for taking exams, books on tape, help with note-taking, special seating arrangements, course materials in enlarged print, and the use of tape recorders in class. In addition, after consultation with the Director of the Academic Resource Center, it may be possible to carry a reduced course load; however, in doing so, a student may have to complete courses during the summer to graduate in four years.

All students are expected to complete all of the college's requirements for graduation in order for a degree to be awarded. Saint Anselm College views the study of a foreign language as central to the liberal arts education it provides students; therefore, the foreign language requirement cannot be waived. Students with documented learning disabilities which affect second language acquisition should meet with the Director of the Academic Resource Center when they begin their studies at the college to discuss their options for completing the language requirement and the academic resources that are available to them. 

Students must provide appropriate documentation that supports their disability and the accommodations requested. Incoming students are advised to send their documentation to the Director of the Academic Resource Center before the beginning of their first semester at the college. Documentation should be delivered to the following address:

Kenneth J. Walker
Director, Academic Resource Center
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102
Phone: (603) 641-7193
Fax: (603) 222-1738
Email: Kwalker@anselm.edu

 

  • General Guidelines

    Documentation on file for the applicant must contain the following elements:

    • It must be current. Completed within four years of the student's enrollment at Saint Anselm College. 
      Note: This requirement does not apply to physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature.
    • A diagnostic statement that clearly states the diagnosed disability or disabilities. Specific language regarding evidence of a disability is required; terms such as "indicative of" or "suggests" a disabilty are not acceptable.
    • A description of the functional limitations resulting from the disability or disabilities.
    • A description that includes a list of all testing instruments used in the evaluation report and relevant subtest scores used to document the stated disability (this requirement does not apply to physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature).
    • A description of the specific accommodations recommended.
    • An explanation of why the disability qualifies the applicant for each of the recommended accommodation(s) in a college environment.
    • Typed or printed on official letterhead and signed by an evaluator qualified to make the diagnosis (include information about license or certification and area of specialization).

    Please note:

    • The diagnosing professional may not be a family member.
    • A school plan such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan is insufficient documentation in and of itself, but can be included as part of a more comprehensive evaluative report.

    Comprehensive Guidelines

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    For detailed documentation guidelines for disabilities, please contact:

    Kenneth J. Walker
    Director, Academic Resource Center
    Saint Anselm College
    100 Saint Anselm Drive
    Manchester, NH 03102
    ph:  (603) 641-7193
    Fax#:  (603) 222-1738
    kwalker@anselm.edu

  • Requesting Accommodations: Initial Request

    Once a student has been accepted to Saint Anselm College, he or she should immediately begin the application process for obtaining accommodations. The review and development of accommodations may take several weeks; therefore, students are strongly encouraged to initiate the process at least one month prior to the start of classes. The following steps must be completed.

    I. Medical Documentation

    Saint Anselm College requires that students seeking accommodations provide appropriate documentation of their disability to the Director of the Academic Resource Center in order to:

    1. determine eligibility as a qualified individual with a disability
    2. determine appropriate academic accommodations for that student.

    It is the responsibility of the student to contact and submit documentation of a disability to the Director of the Academic Resource Center.  Students should allow three weeks for the evaluation and decision on the documentation submitted.

    When submitting documentation, students should include with it the following information:

    1. their name
    2. anticipated year of graduation
    3. contact information including phone number, home address, and e-mail address

    Documentation should be delivered to, or mailed to the following address:

    Kenneth J. Walker
    Director, Academic Resource Center
    Saint Anselm College, #1607
    100 Saint Anselm Drive
    Manchester, NH 03102

    Review of Documentation

    The Director of the Academic Resource Center will review the documentation and the student will be contacted within a few weeks to schedule a meeting. Submission of documentation does not guarantee that a request for accommodations will be approved; the documentation must meet the guidelines established by the college. If documentation is incomplete, the student will be contacted and encouraged to meet with the director to review the established guidelines. The student may be asked to submit additional documentation.

    II. Meeting

    The student must schedule a meeting with the Director of the Academic Resource Center to discuss:

    1. the recommended accommodations
    2. the resources and services the student should utilize
    3. the accommodations the college will provide

    The student should schedule this meeting during the first two weeks of the semester. During this meeting, if the documentation is complete, the student and the director will complete the accommodations form.

    Please note: The requested accommodations are limited to those that are recommended and/or for which the student has either received prior approval. If there has been a change in the nature of the disability and/or the recommended accommodations, documentation must be submitted to support the new request. The student should then adhere to the guidelines outlined in Part I: Medical Documentation.

    III. Accommodations Form

    The Accommodations Form informs the faculty member that the student has a disability and lists the accommodations that will be provided to the student through the Academic Resource Center. Depending on the disability, the form may also recommend that the student be provided with certain specified accommodations in the classroom.

    The students must bring the following information to complete the Accommodations Form:

    1. basic identity information such as name, e-mail address, and telephone number
    2. their professors' first and last names
    3. the course names and section numbers

    IV. Distribution

    It is the responsibility of the student to distribute the accommodation form to each of his or her professors. Students are expected to present the accommodation form to their professors within the first three weeks of the semester. Accommodation forms must be presented no later than two weeks prior to an examination. A student's professors are not required to provide accommodations to students who fail to present the accommodation form.

    Documentation Submitted After the Start of the Semester

    Students who submit documentation after the start of the semester should allow three weeks for a determination on the appropriateness of documentation submitted. Students should not expect a request for accommodations to be approved for an exam that they have in the same week or subsequent two weeks.

    Once documentation and a request for accommodations have been approved, a student cannot then retroactively request accommodations for a test already taken.

  • Arranging Testing Accommodations

    Students who receive additional time and/or a special environment for exams will take their exams in the Academic Resource Center, Cushing 1st floor unless they have made prior arrangements with their professor. Students must complete each of the following steps to arrange for their accommodations for each exam during the regular semester. Students are contacted at the end of each semester to arrange for final exams.

    I. Academic Resource Center Notification

    Students are expected to notify the Academic Resource Center at least three days prior to their exam for which they will utilize accommodations. Students who do not inform the Academic Resource Center at least three days prior may not receive academic accommodations. It will depend upon the space availability in the Academic Resource Center and the professor's availability as to whether accommodations can or will be provided.

    Students who arrive at the Academic Resource Center to take an exam who have not notified the Office may be asked to return to the classroom to take the exam with the rest of the class. While students may have the right to additional time, they also have a responsibility to arrange for their accommodations.

    II. Procedure to Notify

    To notify the Academic Resource Center of an exam, students should do one of the following:

    1. call the Academic Resource Center at (603) 641-7181
    2. stop by the Academic Resource Center, Cushing 1st floor
    3. e-mail Caitlin Albright, Administrative Assistant, calbright@anselm.edu

    Students should give the following information when scheduling an exam:

    1. their name
    2. the course name and section
    3. the professor's name
    4. the date and time of the regular administration of the exam

    If another class conflicts with the student's ability to use double time on an exam, the student must call or stop by the office, rather than e-mail, to discuss scheduling options.

    If a student does not intend to use academic accommodations for an exam, he or she does not need to notify the Academic Resource Center.

    III. Faculty Notification

    At least three days prior to each exam, students are expected to remind their professors that they receive academic accommodations and that the professor is to send the exam to the Academic Resource Center. If the student does not inform or remind the professor, the student may not receive academic accommodations. A professor may provide academic accommodations for his or her student, in which case the student should make the necessary arrangements directly with the professor.

    IV. Reporting to the Academic Resource Center

    The student should report to the Academic Resource Center to take their exams on the day and at the time the exam is scheduled. The student should arrive approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the exam. If the student arrives late, that time will be deducted from the allotted time to take the exam.

  • Renewing Accommodations Request

    At the Beginning of Each Semester

    Once the Director of the Academic Resource Center's approval is in place, the student must comply with the process outlined below each and every semester. Students who are eligible to receive academic accommodations have the right to decline to accept accommodations.

    Meeting

    Students eligible to receive accommodations and who decide to utilize them must complete the Accommodations Form within the first two weeks of each semester in the Academic Resource Center, Cushing 1st Floor. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Academic Resource Center (603) 641-7181 to schedule a meeting with the director to complete this form.

    Please note: The requested accommodations are limited to those for which the student has received prior approval. If there has been a change in the nature of the disability and/or the recommended accommodations, documentation must be submitted to support the new request. The student should then adhere to the guidelines outlined for the Initial Request.

    Accommodations Form

    The Accommodations Form informs the faculty member that the student has a disability and lists the accommodations that will be provided to the student through the Academic Resource Center. Depending on the disability, the form may also recommend that the student be provided with certain specified accommodations in the classroom.

    The students must bring the following information to complete the Accommodations Form:

    1. basic identity information such as name, e-mail address, and telephone number
    2. their professors' first and last names
    3. the course names and section numbers

    Distribution

    It is the responsibility of the student to distribute the Accommodation Form to each of his or her professors. Students are expected to present the Accommodation Form to their professors within the first few weeks of the semester. Accommodation Forms must be presented no later than two weeks prior to an examination. The student's professors are not required to provide accommodations to students who fail to present the Accommodation Form.

  • Appeals Process

    A student may appeal the decision of the Academic Resource Center within ten days of the decision.

    Appeals are directed to the Director of the Academic Resource Center and must be in writing and state the reasons for the appeal and the desired resolution. The description must include specific facts to support the appeal. A determination of the appeal will be made within ten (10) days of the request.

    The student may appeal the decision of the Director of the Academic Resource Center to the Dean of the College. The appeal must be in writing; it should state the reasons why the decision of the Director of the Academic Resource Center is being appealed and the desired resolution.

    The appeal should be sent to the Dean of the College within ten (10) days of receiving the decision of the Director of the Academic Resource Center. The Dean of the College will make a final determination of the appeal and inform the student of the determination within ten (10) days of receiving the appeal.

    Although the college will make reasonable efforts to comply with these timelines, circumstances such as access to information, availability of personnel, and school breaks, may justify an extension of time.

  • Exam Policy

    1. Student Personal Belongings

    • Students will be required to leave their backpacks, handbags, and cell phones in a secured locker located next to the testing cubicles. A key will be provided. Cell phones, pagers and PDA's must be turned off.
    • Exam materials are permitted per faculty instructions.
    • If the use of a word processor is permitted, as long as the professor agrees, the student may use their own laptop. The Academic Resource Center does not have laptops for student use.  The only computers the Academic Resource Center has are the ones provided by the IT Department. These computers are out in the open.
    • Students are not allowed to bring their own scrap paper. If scrap paper is needed, the student must ask an administrator in the Academic Resource Center and obtain the paper from the office's supply.

    2. Late Examinees

    • Students who arrive late will not be given additional testing time. They must finish at their designated stopping time.
    • Students who arrive thirty minutes after the exam is scheduled to be administered will not be allowed to take the exam. An administrator will inform the professor that the exam was not administered. The student is responsible for contacting the professor to discuss possible arrangements that may be made to take the exam.

    3. Personal Breaks

    • One student may leave the exam room for a personal break, but must notify an administrator first. Personal breaks are restricted to the use of the restroom and should not exceed a five minute duration. Students taking personal breaks must place their exam face-down on the table until they return.

    4. Exam Queries

    • The administrator will not answer any questions regarding the interpretation of the exam content.
    • Attempts will be made by the administrator to contact a professor if there is a suspected error on the exam or an ambiguous question.
    • Students who raise concerns about the meaning of an exam item should indicate these concerns on the written exam.
    • Questions are accepted only during the exam period.
    • No communication (physical, verbal, or electronic) between students will be permitted.

    5. Time Allowances

    • Students will be provided extended time, depending on the student's accommodation, for exams. The office cannot accommodate any additional time that a professor provides to the regular class administration. The time provided for an exam in a course that meets one night per week will be determined on a case by case basis.

    6. Academic Misconduct

    • Acts that violate the standard of honesty include cheating (unauthorized use of notes, talking, copying from another student), and intentionally helping another student will be viewed as a violation of college policy.
    • A proctor who observes academic misconduct during an exam will inform the student of the misconduct as soon as is practical and consonant with maintaining the order of the exam area and assuring a degree of privacy for the interaction between the student and proctor.
      • The student has the obligation to surrender to the proctor any materials which the proctor has reason to believe were used inappropriately in the course of the exam. Failure to comply with such a request is a violation of the College's Community Standards.
      • The proctor should provide the course instructor with a description of the misconduct.
      • The instructor will then follow the procedures outlined in the Statement on Academic Honesty.

    Adapted from Babson College, Disability Services, Office of Academic Services

  • Making the Transition to College

    Students should understand that the process for accessing services is very different from the process they may have experienced in high school, primarily because the federal law that protects their rights has changed. In high school, the IDEA protected the rights of students and now at the college level, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates universities to have a process in place for securing reasonable accommodations for all eligible students.

    To learn more about transitioning from high school to college, please refer to:

    Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

  • Rights and Responsibilities

    Academic Resource Center

    Responsibilities of the Academic Resource Center

    • Determining eligibility for participation of students with disabilities in the academic accommodations process based upon a review of appropriate documentation
    • Determining the appropriate accommodation for each student
    • Responsible for seeing that the student receives the appropriate accommodation
    • Responsible for interacting with faculty on disability issues

    Rights of the Academic Resource Center

    • Request current documentation from a student completed by a qualified professional to determine eligibility for accommodations. The Academic Resource Center evaluates all documentation and requests for accommodations which may include, with written consent, requesting more information and discussing the student's situation with the professional source of the documentation.
    • Select among equally effective and appropriate accommodations, modifications, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with the student.
    • Deny a request for accommodations, modifications, and/or auxiliary aids if the documentation does not identify a specific disability, the documentation fails to support the need for the requested services, or the documentation or request for an accommodation is not provided in a timely manner.
    • Refuse to provide an accommodation, modification, and/or auxiliary aid that is unreasonable or inappropriate. This includes accommodations that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others, constitute a substantial change or alteration to an essential component of a course or program, or poses undue financial or administrative burden to Saint Anselm College.

    The Student

    Responsibilities of the Student

    • Meeting the College's qualifications and essential academic standards.
    • Contacting the Academic Resource Center at the beginning of each semester so that appropriate accommodations can be made in a timely manner (within the first two weeks of each semester). This includes meeting with the Director of the Academic Resource Center and completing the required Accommodations Request Form.
    • Providing the Academic Resource Center with appropriate documentation indicating the student's disability and suggested accommodations.
    • Submitting the Verification Letter to the faculty member at the beginning of each semester to inform them of their disability and what accommodation(s) they have requested.
    • Responsible for meeting the timelines and procedural requirements established by the Academic Resource Center for scheduling exams which includes requesting assistance, informing the Academic Resource Center of the day and time of their exam, and arranging with a faculty member for getting the exam to the testing location. If the student fails to provide adequate notice of the need for space and/or assistance it may result in the accommodations not being available.

    Rights of the Student

    • Equal access to courses offered throughout the College.
    • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations, modifications, and/or auxiliary aids determined on an individualized basis.
    • Confidentiality on all information pertaining to their disability records within the parameters of law, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
    • Appeal the College's decisions regarding reasonable accommodations. For more information about the Appeals Process , please contact the Academic Resource Center (603) 641-7017.

    The Faculty Member

    Responsibilities of the Faculty Member

    • Responsible for discussing with the Academic Resource Center any concerns related to the accommodation(s) or arrangements that have been requested by the student in their initial contacts.
    • Responsible for determining the conditions under which the exam is to be administered (e.g.: open book, use of notes, formula sheet, calculator, scrap paper, dictionary).
    • The faculty member is responsible for assuring the timely delivery of the exam, along with all necessary instructions and materials for proper administration.

    Rights of the Faculty Member

    • Refuse to provide accommodations for students with disabilities who have not followed Saint Anselm College policies and procedures for participating in the accommodation process.
    • Discuss with the Academic Resource Center any concerns related to accommodations, modifications, and/or auxiliary aids requested by students.
    • Identify and establish the skills and knowledge that are fundamental and essential components to their academic courses/program and to evaluate each student's performance on this basis.

     

    Adapted from Babson College, Office of Disability Services

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